Over the past few months we have undertaken various workshops at the Tshwane Interactive Digital Centre in Pretoria, where over 30 educators from three East Rand schools have been learning how to use Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) in their classrooms.

Supported by the Gauteng Department of Education, these educators will now be using (and creating their own) AVR content to use in their classroom teaching over the next twelve months.

The project is an Australian Aid initiative, funded by the Australian Government.Our goal is to introduce and measure the impact of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR / VR) in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – and its potential impact on overall learning outcomes in disadvantaged South African public schools.

We expect the programme will demonstrate that by making STEM more comprehensible and less threatening to young learners, pass rates in STEM subjects can improve significantly because of a clearer understanding of the subject, which, linked to better memory retention can in turn also attract more learners to STEM streams in basic education. Together with the learners experiencing an immersive ‘dive’ into their curriculum through (AR/VR), the teachers from these participating public schools will also benefit a great deal through the activation of their school’s ICT infrastructure, add impetus to the GDE’s E-Learning Program, while providing them with additional computer skills which are so desperately sought after.

To date, the experience for the Teachers, from (Leondale Secondary School, Katlehong Technical Secondary School, and Samson Special Skills School, Heads of Department and ICT Co-ordinators has been priceless, and all are excited about implementing their new AVR Creator skills.

This is the power of interactive, visual and engaging 3D teaching material – which translates to learning in a way that is enjoyable and attractive for our young learners today…

The AVR technology platforms were contributed by EON Reality Inc., a global technology leader in AR/VR and the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) in the flipped classroom:

https://www.eonreality.com/platform/creator-avr/

The funding for this project comes from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange programme.